Peirene title no 18

The Looking-Glass Sisters


A tragic love story about two sisters who cannot live with or without each other.

Far out on the plains of northern Norway stands a house. It belongs to two middle-aged sisters. They seldom venture out and nobody visits. The older needs nursing and the younger keeps house. Then, one day, a man arrives…


‘The sisters' violent intimacy has its own power, but the real strength of this book lies in the way so much is withheld.’ Claire Allfree, Daily Mail

‘Excellently translated by John Irons, Gabrielsen’s novel disturbs and challenges. Once we have begun, though, it is near impossible to pull away.’ Malcolm Forbes, The National

Translated from the Norwegian by John Irons.

Chance Encounter Series
192pp, paperback with flaps, £12
Published September 2015
ISBN 978-1-908670-24-3
eISBN 978-1-908670-25-0


Peirene title no 17

Reader for Hire

Raymond Jean


GUARDIAN READERS BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2015

A beautiful homage to the art of reading – light and funny. A celebration of the union of sensuality and language.

Marie-Constance loves reading and possesses an attractive voice. So, one day she decides to put an ad in the local paper offering her services as a paid reader. Her first client, a paralysed teenager, is transformed by her reading of a Maupassant short story. Marie-Constance’s fame spreads and soon the rich, the creative and the famous clamour for her services.

‘A clever, funny, and humane work that champions the power of literature.’ David Mills, Sunday Times

‘An entertaining, sensuous and, above all, fun outing into the converging worlds of reading, language and sexuality.’ Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Evening Post


Translated from the French by Adriana Hunter.

Chance Encounter Series
176pp, paperback with flaps, £12
Published June 2015
ISBN 978-1-908670-22-9
eISBN 978-1-908670-23-6


Peirene title no 16

White Hunger

Aki Ollikainen


LONG-LISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2016

INDEPENDENT BEST TRANSLATED FICTION BOOKS 2015

What does it take to survive? This is the question posed by the extraordinary Finnish novella that has taken the Nordic literary scene by storm.

1867: a year of devastating famine in Finland. Marja, a farmer’s wife from the north, sets off on foot through the snow with her two young children. Their goal: St Petersburg, where people say there is bread. Others are also heading south, just as desperate to survive. Ruuni, a boy she meets, seems trustworthy. But can anyone really help?

‘A tale of epic substance.’ Ben Paynter, Los Angeles Review of Books

‘Impossible not to respond to its raw, unsparing drama.’ Elizabeth Bucan, Daily Mail

Best Finnish Debut Novel 2012
Finnish Book Bloggers’ Best Book 2012
Booksellers’ Best Book Medal 2012
Bookstores' prize for bestselling debut novel 2012

Translated from the Finnish by Emily Jeremiah and Fleur Jeremiah.

Chance Encounter Series
144pp, paperback with flaps, £12
Published February 2015
ISBN 978-1-908670-20-5
eISBN 978-1-908670-21-2